If I really start to look for it, inspiration for my project can crop up in unexpected places. Last night, in the parking lot of the Brio in Marlton, I saw a sculpture of a boy reading a book and I had to sit next to him for a photo op.
I have to continue to work hard to ensure that real kids read real books. I need to think of more ways to build the brand and get some help. How can I collect more books? Where will I store them? How can those little kids in Lindenwold, who otherwise would have no books in the house, get them? How can I convince young readers that actual books have merit, and to put down their electronic devices to read?
And what's the bird doing on the statue's book? I didn't even notice it until I looked at the picture!
I think all the time about how I can fulfill my dream of putting books into the hands of young children in Lindenwold, even the babies. All children deserve a library of their own! I've also heard a lot over the last few years about making Lindenwold into a community school. My senior project topic will make it happen.
I decided to distribute books to the little ones during intermission during the Thursday performance of Little Shop of Horrors. I loaded up the book cart and wheeled it out. The kids didn't exactly pile onto the cart; I had to encourage them. One dad asked if I had any books about dinosaurs. CHECK! A little girl, Jackie Lopez's sister, asked I had anything about princesses! CHECK! It was like magic! The books were right there!
I recruited a handful of my freshmen to pass the books out because I couldn't be there this weekend! A big shout out goes to Aniston Rogers, Chris Camacho, Vanessa Macias, and Adryah-ky Hassan for supervising the cart, and helping kids select the books. I was told that many older brothers and sisters found something nice for younger siblings!
Imagine making this an on-going thing! Whenever children come to our school, they will get a bag of books! What if this were to catch on, and other schools start doing it?